Gain Experience Through Internships

internMore employers expect college students to have experience for entry-level industry-related positions. Students often ask how they can get experience if they do not have experience yet. Through internships! There are many benefits for students to have an internship or two while in school. Students are able to:

  • Get their foot in the door of the company and the industry.
  • “Test the waters” and learn about a particular part of the industry before committing to a specific career path.
  • Build their network and gain valuable industry contacts. Networking is the number one way to land interviews and eventually jobs.
  • Gain a better understanding of how their coursework applies to their career interests. Also, they can improve their academics because they are able to apply their course knowledge to their internships.
  • Build their confidence about entering the industry.

Internships are a perfect stepping stones to a full-time job in the industry and the launch of their career.  Because internships are for a short-term duration, students can do multiple internships during their time in college. Ultimately, students who have prior internship experiences are more desirable and marketable to prospective Employers.

Wade College students are able to view current internships and other multiple job opportunities on Wade Career Connection, the college’s online student job board.  A sample of available internships include:

  • Fashion design intern for Tinsley Radix, a custom fashion brand of women’s apparel, with their flagship storefront and design studio located nearby Wade College
  • Talent agency intern for On Set Management, an agency representing behind the scenes talent for commercial photo shoots
  • Product development Intern for Arteriors Home, a wholesaler of Lighting, Accessories, & Furniture

The Office of Career Services welcomes students to meet and further discuss internship opportunities, as well as other types of positions.  Students can get assistance with additional job search resources, resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing, career advice, and more!


Financial Services: Small Institution vs. Large Institution

FAFSAOverwhelmed by the thought of how you will pay for college?  Would you like to know how much financial aid you are eligible for and not sure how to go about it?  One of the many advantages of being a smaller institution is that, at Wade College we make the financial services process as timely and simple as possible.   Most students are able to meet with Financial Services on the same day they meet with their admissions coordinator.  We are able to walk students step-by-step through the FAFSA process, verification process (if applicable), and finally review their Student Financial Plan covering all educational costs and financial aid eligibility.  A large number of prospective students will have a very good idea of their eligibility for financial aid after their first Financial Services meeting.

At larger institutions, this process can be a very time consuming process with long wait times to schedule an appointment, processing times, and automated responses.  We pride ourselves in knowing our students by name and not by student number.  We want to get to know you to be able answer all of your financial questions whether in person, phone or via email.  Often students have comments like, “Wow, this was such a simple process, and I now really understand my financial aid.”

Wade College and the federal and state government offer several financial assistance programs to help students meet educational expenses. Students at Wade College are eligible to apply for financial assistance under the following financial assistance programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
  • Federal Direct Parent Loan Program for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Federal Direct Consolidation Loans
  • Wade College Institutional Loan Program
  • Veterans Education Act
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
  • Wade College Tuition Rebates
  • External Scholarships

The Wade College Financial Services Department is excited to meet with you to discuss all of your financial options.  Look forward seeing you soon!

What Does ‘All-Inclusive’ Tuition Mean?


artLet’s talk about what all-inclusive tuition means.

All-inclusive tuition means that your money covers more than just the great education you’ll receive from our industry expert professors. It means that your tuition includes the cost of all books and supplies necessary to be successful in your classes here at Wade College. It means no hidden fees, no surprises later. It means you can make an accurate financial plan for your educational investment.

It means that all new students receive an iPad, that they’ll use to access and annotate e-books, keep track of upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, face-time with family and friends, set alerts for impending due dates, find inspiration, create concepts and designs, and maybe even find a few moments to take a perfect college selfie (venti latte, notes, glasses, study-face: check).

All-inclusive tuition means your professors have carefully curated a supply list for each class. If you’re studying Fashion design, you can look forward to receiving a beautiful full set of Tombow dual-brush pens for your illustration courses, a professional designer starter kit, and gift cards of up to $200 values per class to Golden D’Or Fabrics, a local store of over 35,000 square feet full to the brim with fabric choices. Interior design students receive supplies ranging from PrismaColor pens and pencils, to drafting vellum and large-scale plotter print capabilities. If you’re a visual communication student, you’ll receive essential textbooks and tools like Apple Web Developer for app design, and in your studio drawing and design courses, you’ll use supplies ranging from oil pastels and India ink with calligraphy nibs, to water color pencils and plaster of Paris to help you learn a variety of new techniques. Merchandise Marketing & Management students will gain a personaly library of essential industry texts in subjects ranging from branding to social media marketing. And all students in their graduating trimester will receive a sleek onyx portfolio book from Pinazaqngaro to professionally display their achievements to future employers.

Finally, our all-inclusive tuition rate means that you can use your last few before classes to pick out a dynamite first-day outfit, or enjoy some R&R, rather than frantically scrambling through used book store shelves hoping to find the Holy Grail – a barely used, up-to-date edition for a fraction of the price the college textbook store is charging (Hint: you won’t find it). It means you can spend your time preparing yourself for the adventure you’re about to embark upon. It means on day one, you can relax. Bring a spiral notebook, a pen, and a passion to learn about your industry, and we’ve got everything else covered!

A Library for the Creative Industries

009Wade College library specializes in collections that support the programs taught at Wade College:  fashion design, interior design, graphic design, merchandise marketing, merchandise management, and visual communications.  Our collection is focused on our curriculum and provides resources standard college and public libraries do not.

In addition to the print collection of over 8,000 books, the library provides access to an additional 42,600 titles via ebrary, an electronic library that is accessible via  the Internet—on computers or tablets, on and off-campus.  The Wade College library also maintains an extensive periodical collection with over 160 hard-copy titles, many of which are also available online.  Recent additions to the print collection include:  Anatomy of a Trend, Career Opportunities in the Fashion Industry, Materials for Interior Environments, and LogoLounge 9.  Many of the periodicals in the collection are trade publications, meaning that they are only available to those who are working professionals in that career.  Students at Wade College, however, have access to these before they graduate, giving them a headstart!  Titles in the periodical collection include:  WWD (former Women’s Wear Daily), ArtForum, Dallas Business Journal, and California Apparel News.

The Wade College library also maintains subscriptions to numerous electronic research and informational databases.  These include:  LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Entrepreneurship, WGSN, Encyclopaedia Britannica Academic, (online), and BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine).  Of particular note is WGSN, standing for Worth Global Style Network, this online resource provides information on the latest trends in the fashion and lifestyle industries. This site’s primary focus is on the fashion, design, ap006parel, style, and retail industries, with intersecting developments in consumer behavior, economic conditions, and the environment. WGSN also furnishes career information; interviews with top-level buyers, fashion show information, worldwide events, and four million browsable images. Wade College is proud to be able to provide this and other notable resources to our students.